Seventh-day Adventist Student Wins National Gospel Song Competition in Jamaica

 The Seventh-day Adventist people group in Jamaica is observing Erica Lumsden, an understudy at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) an individual from the Claremont Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Mary, who won the 2021 National Gospel Star Song Competition. 

Lumsden, a 18-year-old second-year correspondence understudy at NCU, bested 10 finalists in a four-week broadcast rivalry. 

"One reason for entering the opposition is that my dad, Pastor Kanhai Lumsden, was two points away from death last year, so I was at a different place in my life," Lumsden said. Her dad recuperated. "I was thinking outside the box because I was really living outside the box as a pastor’s kid," she clarified. 

She said that her dad's wellbeing alarm made her become more mindful and genuine about existence. She felt that God was more close to home with her family then than at some other time. One of a few tunes she sang in the opposition was "Grasp My Hand, Precious Lord." 

The Gospel Star Competition, which replaces the yearly Jamaica Gospel Song rivalry, had the challengers perform cover melodies rather than unique ones and finished on August 1, 2021.

“Musically, I knew I could go in any direction when it came to musical genres, though I did not know at the outset that we would have to present the gospel in song in several categories of genres,” Lumsden said. “My ability to sing was a gift from the Lord as an answer to my prayer many years before.”

The victor was chosen by votes from people in general, which made up 50% of the aggregate, with the other 50% taken from the assessment of three appointed authorities who were chosen from Jamaica's music industry. 

For her success, Lumsden accomplished the title of Jamaica Gospel Star, 1,000,000 Jamaican dollars (about US$6,460), an agreement for recording a solitary, a video to that solitary, and a cell phone. 

“I intend for this victory to be a launching platform to showcase and grow my gift in the Lord,” Lumsden said. “I also believe that this blessing has come at a time when my family faces unique circumstances, especially with my father.”

Aside from the help of the congregation individuals and companions who casted a ballot, Lumsden recognized the help of her mom, Judith, and her sister, Evie, alongside her mentor, Audrey Brown, every one of whom, she said, were there for her consistently. 

“We feel honored by the Lord God Almighty for placing this special child with this gift in our midst,” Judith Lumsden said. “Seems He picked the right time. It was exhilarating seeing her win. Now, I hope she will take this victory, this revealing, to the next level, and all to the glory of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she has said, gave her the gift of singing when she desired and prayed for it.

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